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Philips Hue App Updated With Redesign, New Sidebar Interface

Philips today updated its Philips Hue app to version 1.2, adding a much needed iOS 7-style redesign to the app. Along with a new look, the Philips Hue app has gained a new sidebar that allows users to quickly select various in-app options like Light Control.

Previously, Light Control, which allows users to change the colors of lights individually, was accessed by swiping upwards on the screen to access the Light Overview and then turning the iPhone to landscape mode for a control view. The new sidebar simplifies the light manipulating process with easy access menus.

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The app now lets users save the current status of lights as a scene directly from the Light Control menu with the "save" button and lights can also be reordered from within the app settings. Sidebar notifications have been added as well, to let users know when an update is available.
What's New in Version 1.2.0
Introducing the new look hue app:

- New iOS 7 style design
- Added sidebar navigation to make functionality easier to find
- Added introduction demo
- Lights can now be reordered from the app settings
- Save current status of lights as a scene from light control
- Added sidebar notifications
First introduced in late 2012, Philips' Hue lighting system provides users with wireless-enabled LED lightbulbs that can be controlled remotely via an iPhone app. The lights have several variations of white and can also be changed into a rainbow of colors, also supporting themes, scheduling, and dimming.

The Philips Hue starter set can be purchased from Apple for $199.95. The accompanying Philips Hue app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 18 weeks ago
It's a pretty neat idea, but I hate how long it takes to 'connect' to the app. It's rather tedious when I can just flip the light switch on. :p
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago

Wonderful! To control the color of individual bulbs on a simple spectrum now takes 3 taps where it used to take 2! Progress in Action!


Yes, 1 more tap, but I honestly hated having to rotate my phone to change the color of a light. Now you can adjust the color and brightness from the same screen. In my opinion, that's an improvement.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago

OK. First off, I love these lights. They are awesome. The IFTTT integration, the party apps, etc. Awesome. I've got 15 lights across 6 rooms. LOVE EM.

The Philips application is a JOKE. It has big promises. Sync, Scenes, etc. I set up my app with one page of scenes per room. highlight colors, all the philips whitelight modes, etc. Every time the app updates, i have to re-do pages and pages of scenes. Re-login to the site? Yup. It tries to sync. It brings back test scenes from a year ago. It deletes scenes that i use daily. I get it sync is hard. I have 5 iOS devices connecting. It is complex to sync them in race conditions. But I upgraded one device and re-logged in to scene sharing, and it drops a nuke on my setup. Every. Single. Time. Whoever wrote the sync code should be taken and forced to read about how to resolve shared resource conflicts. Or held underwater. I'm not sure which would be better.

I am sure I own every single app in the app store for Hue bulbs and none of them do exactly what I want.

The lights have great potential, but the software is a real pain. Want to have them fade in over half an hour to simulate a sunrise? This should be one of the #1 features of the Hue. Nope, you can't set a fade longer than 9 minutes. And the whole paradigm of creating scenes using your favorite photos is a gimmick that seriously gets in the way. Just give me a color wheel and let me save the colors I pick.
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago
Wonderful! To control the color of individual bulbs on a simple spectrum now takes 3 taps where it used to take 2! Progress in Action!
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago
OK. First off, I love these lights. They are awesome. The IFTTT integration, the party apps, etc. Awesome. I've got 15 lights across 6 rooms. LOVE EM.

The Philips application is a JOKE. It has big promises. Sync, Scenes, etc. I set up my app with one page of scenes per room. highlight colors, all the philips whitelight modes, etc. Every time the app updates, i have to re-do pages and pages of scenes. Re-login to the site? Yup. It tries to sync. It brings back test scenes from a year ago. It deletes scenes that i use daily. I get it sync is hard. I have 5 iOS devices connecting. It is complex to sync them in race conditions. But I upgraded one device and re-logged in to scene sharing, and it drops a nuke on my setup. Every. Single. Time. Whoever wrote the sync code should be taken and forced to read about how to resolve shared resource conflicts. Or held underwater. I'm not sure which would be better.

I am sure I own every single app in the app store for Hue bulbs and none of them do exactly what I want.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago
So glad they replaced that awful handwritten font for the scene names.

Still kind of an awkward UI, but an overall improvement in my opinion.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago
I like the look of these, but they certainly ain't cheap!
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago

I've actually heard from Philips about this. Their view is that they shouldn't have to make a good app, because there is an SDK and the lights are 'open' so anyone can make a better app. This may be true, but so far all we have to show for it is a bunch of half-baked disco apps. Their view that you can make great hardware and not really care about software is sort of a throwback to 50 years ago. 'Open' does not always mean that somebody else will do your work for free.


Lightbow & Goldee are testaments to Philip's position though. As long as they keep the SDK flexible and extensive the apps will get better and better
Rating: 1 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago
Thanks Philips...now please lower the price and make the lights a bit more powerful and I will purchase.
Rating: 1 Positives
Posted: 18 weeks ago
Updated the Hue app on two devices. Won't connect on either :mad::mad:

Looks like I'm not alone as there is already one review for the new version of the app on the App Store - exactly the same experience as me.

Now I can't use my very expensive lights.
Rating: 1 Positives

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